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Shero For A Day

Today as a Board Director, I’ve had the privilege to partake in an @ambulancevic MICA Paramedic shift, with a view to appreciate the requirements of a Paramedic ‘on the beat’. To say that these professionals are heroes is an understatement. I’ve been assigned to Shane, a qualified MICA Paramedic and am blown away by the sheer breadth of his life saving competence , the equipment he’s trained to use and the calming manner in which he [...]

2018-01-09T07:46:47+00:00 January 8th, 2018|

One Billion Ways to Be Motivated

Seriously though 😏 an amazing evening of motivational conversations to transform narratives. Organised by the #MuslimCollective [Reason•Compassion•Progress], with guest speaker Professor Amina Wadud from Berkley, Ca. this was a fabulous dinner held at #TheSocialStudio.  •Eliminate the perceived limitations of the glass ceiling, by creating your building void of a ceiling  •That the deeper and darker times become, the more powerful is the light we have.  •We need to take our single light and combine it with [...]

2017-12-19T23:09:53+00:00 December 19th, 2017|

AMWCHR: Many ChangeMakers, One Table

Congratulations to the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR) for another successful AGM to end 2017. Seeing this particular organisation flourish from an initial concept, conceived of by a handful of concerned women, meeting informally to find ways to assist a community in crisis, over 25 years ago - into a Centre today with 17 staff members, servicing local, national and international agendas, is a personal thrill.  I want to commend its team [...]

2017-12-16T08:30:03+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

11 Portraits & True Love Stories for ‘Ali’s Wedding’ film launch

Pretty chuffed to be involved in this series of that speaks of the  breadth of what love means and how it manifests in ways that are vital to our well being - these are stories that can be told a million different ways.  The #AlisWedding team, director Fadia Abboud and photographer @hodaafshar, are proud to launch their special project, ‘11 True Love Stories’. Drawn from interviews with eleven Muslim-Australians, these powerful and personal stories of [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:22+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

Messages That Matter

Dinner at the @victoriapolice Iftar in fine company of @benevolenceaustralia's Saara & Jessica. A beautiful evening affirming why multiculturalism is one of Victoria's greatest assets delivered with powerful and timely messaging ?? Meanwhile, in other news, am excited for proactive projects in the pipeline ?? #melbourne #waterfront #ramadandiaries #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

Debating our Moral Citizenship Compass

Fascinating day shooting a documentary for ABC's Compass program  on what defines citizenship and how do you measure belonging, in "Team Australia", scheduled to air in July.  A diverse panel and strong opinions informed views, resulting in a revamp of a citizenship test based on 'citizen contributions'. Thanks Neer, Pete, Kumi, Dee, Paul,Jacinta and all the amazing Compass crew for this opportunity.  #makesocialchange #makechangehappen #makeanoise #makeitloud #endxenophobia

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

A Greek, Italian & Kenyan walk into an Iftar…

Tonight I attended the AMAFHH Iftar, whose tag reads "Multicultural & Proud of it". An evening awash with colour, food and beautiful company, including Teresa Defazio and VMC Chair, Helen Kapelos.  Helen shared a candid presentation of her shared practice of faith rituals, like Lent, symbolising ties to her identity. All speakers echoed the gains to be had from a diverse community whose beliefs of peace and understanding enrich our society. 

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|

Keating, Trump & Asia- a dynamic triangle 

Attending "Strengthening Our Rich History with Asia in a time of Trump" at the Melbourne Recital Centre tonight.  Featuring: Paul Keating in conversation with Nick Bisley and Alan Gyngell (La Trobe, Asia) as part of the 'Ideas & Society Program' of La Trobe University. PK, former PM renown for his dry wit and memorable quips, including: Banana Republic, All tip, no iceberg, & Arse end of the world et al.. regaled the audience with contemporary [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:25+00:00 April 28th, 2017|

When Ordinary People are Extraordinary Heroes

Today, as a Board Director of Ambulance Victoria, I was delighted to attend their annual 17th Community Hero Awards at #QueensHall, Parliament in Melbourne.   Following a beautiful welcome to country from Aunty Di, openings from The Hon. Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health and AV CEO,Tony Walker, award/medals for community heroism were bestowed.  In all 18 recipients as young as 10 years old were honoured. This moving ceremony exemplified our community and paramedic heroes, acknowledged [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:35+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

Aust. Women Shine like Diamond SuperStars

Today I watched national netball champions of Australia, Diamonds V's New Zealand's Silver Ferns, battle neck to neck in the international netball Quad Series.  This was a heady mix of palpitations and relaxation on a Sunday afternoon, proving to be a delightful game! I'm thrilled our Diamonds took out a swift win in the final quarter of 60:55! Goooo Diamonds! A huge thanks to Netball Australia for making this opportunity possible. It's been decades since [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:37+00:00 September 4th, 2016|